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Apr 3

ATU Mourns death of former International President Ron Heintzman

ATU is sad to report the death of former International President Ron Heintzman on April 2 after a long fight with cancer.

Born and raised in South Dakota, Heintzman served in the military after graduation from Washington State University in 1975. He joined ATU Local 757-Portland, OR, as a transit police officer for the Tri-County Metropolitan Transportation District of Oregon (TriMet). Heintzman was elected President of the Local in 1988. He served five terms in that position until he was appointed by International President James LaSala, approved by the General Executive Board, as an International Vice President in 2002. Heintzman was elected as IVP by ATU convention delegates in 2004 and re-elected in 2007. In 2009, Heintzman was appointed by International President Warren George, approved by the General Executive Board, to serve as International Executive Vice President upon the retirement of International Vice President Mike Siano. In June 2010 Heintzman was appointed International President by the General Executive Board upon the retirement of International President Warren George. Heintzman retired after the election of current International President Larry Hanley by delegates to the ATU Convention in September 2010.

ATU sends our heartfelt condolences and sympathies to his wife Linda, daughters Elizabeth and Kate, and his brothers and sisters at Local 757.